Gingerbread Cupcakes

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • MAPLE FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in water and molasses. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg and allspice; add to the creamed mixture. Beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in maple syrup and vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes and pipe a gingerbread man on the top or top it with a cookie gingerbread man. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 1 dozen.

Fall Leaf Bars

Fall Leaf Bars

1 3/4  cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2  teaspoons ground cinnamon
1   teaspoon baking soda
1/2  teaspoon each baking powder and ground nutmeg
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2   large eggs
1   cup canned pumpkin
6   tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/3   cup water

Cheese leaf rilling (recipe follows)

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, cin­namon, soda, baking powder, and nut­meg. Add eggs, pumpkin, butter, and
water; beat well. Spread batter in a but­tered and floured 10- by 15-inch pan. Drop cheese filling in 24 equal portions (each about 1 tablespoon) equally over surface of batter. With a knife tip, pull edges of cheese into leaf shapes.

Bake in a 350° oven until center of cake (not cheese) springs back when lightly touched, about 30 minutes; let cool. Cut pieces so cheese is in center of each. Serve warm or cool, or cover and chill up to 3 days. Makes 24.

Cheese leaf filling. Smoothly mix 1 large package (8 oz.) cream cheese, 1 large egg, and 1/4 cup sugar.

Per piece: 161 cal. (39 percent from fat); 2.6 g protein; 6.9 g tat (4.1 g sat.); 23 g carbo.; 109 mg sodium; 45 mg chol.